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Monday, December 20, 2010

Definitions for ferret

  1. To search out, discover, or bring to light.
  2. Domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat.
  3. To drive out by using or as if using a ferret.

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Citations for ferret
He told us that he .had a list of all the robbers in the country, and meant to ferret out every mother's son of them ; he offered us at the same time some of his soldiers as an escort. Washington Irving, The Alhambra
A shame-just have to ferret out the book's message on their own. Philip K. Dick, The man in the high castle
Origin of ferret
1350-1400
Ferret originates in the Latin furonem, both "cat" and "robber." The verb form of ferret relates to the use of half-tame ferrets to kill rats and flush rabbits from burrows.